If you think you see a little extra facial hair on a deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mike Chapman wants you to know two things:
- It IS line with department regulations – for one month.
- It IS for a good cause — cancer awareness and research.
LCSO has joined other law enforcement agencies across the United States in No-Shave November to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment. LCSO Public Information Officer Alex Kowalski brought the idea to Chapman and the sheriff gave the go-ahead to see if deputies were interested in participating.
“Not only had we seen it in other jurisdictions but some of the deputies came up to me and asked if the sheriff’s office could do this in support of cancer,” Kowalski said. “We brainstormed and took the idea to the sheriff.
“We reached out to other jurisdictions who have done it in the past to find out what some of the restrictions might be and what non-profits we should go through.”
Kowalski said the response within the department was overwhelming.
“We sent out an email asking if the deputies would be interested in donating $25 to participate,” she said. “Our goal at that time was $2,500 and we reached that within 24 hours. I think right now we are at 108 deputies participating and one deputy has raised $200 for the cause.”
The effort is being organized through noshave.org. Chapman said he is always happy to see his department involved in good causes, but deputies must follow guidelines to stay within accepted bounds of professional law enforcement appearance.
“First, we wanted to make sure the public was aware of what was going on and the motivation behind it,” Chapman said. “We also wanted to make sure the beards don’t look scruffy, so we put some restrictions on it like that they can’t go below the neckline and if they have to testify in court, they have to shave it off.”
Female deputies can wear a ribbon in their hair as a way of contributing and participating in the fund-raiser.
The non-profit group was launched in 2009 and over the last eight years, the campaign has successfully raised over $3.5 million dollars to combat this disease. This year’s event will fund organizations including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
In addition to the money contributed by the deputies, residents are encouraged to join the effort to reach the new goal of $5,000.
For more information, visit no-shave.org/team/LCSO1757.